A teacher in the Granite School District is staying in a Salt Lake halfway house following arraignment in federal court on charges he sold cocaine to an undercover agent.
U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce will hold a hearing Wednesday afternoon to review Mark R. Gingras' placement in the halfway house.Gingras, 34, teaches at Silver Hills Elementary School. He was arrested at his West Valley home Monday night by agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
Gingras was arraigned on one count of selling 10.3 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent and two counts of using a communication facility in the commission of a felony.
Granite School District has not decided whether Gingras will continue teaching. "The earliest he's available, he has been directed to report to my office and have a pre-disciplinary hearing to determine a course of action," said Deputy Superintendent Riley O'Neil.
According to the federal complaint, an informant told a federal agent in January that Gingras sold cocaine. The information also said the teacher "sometimes stored and used cocaine in the classroom."
A DEA agent witnessed Gingras buy cocaine in July. On August 17, Gingras sold 10.3 grams of cocaine to the agent. On Sept. 21, Gingras contacted the agent and offered to sell him two quantities of cocaine for $250 each, the complaint said.
However, Gingras wanted the agent to come to his home and use cocaine with him before completing the sale. The agent declined.